Sunday, July 30, 2017

Back to School, August and Birthdays

This weekend in Tennessee is tax-free weekend on most things people can purchase in stores. So Friday at the bank, most of the business owners were anticipating being busy and in turn, keeping us busy as well.

Friday's are crazy since we are open later than normal, but the three of us got through the chaos that is Friday in a small town.

School starts in my county on Tuesday, August 1st. Many families are focused on the school supply list, making the most of the last weekend of summer vacation and some are just getting by.

Pray for the teachers, substitutes, administrators, safety officers, crossing guards and our students of all ages heading back to school. I have many teachers on my friends list and a few teachers in my immediate and extended family. I know they have a lot going on as well.

First of all, be kind!!!

August 1st is my grandmother's birthday. I miss her terribly and think of her all the time. I have often told David that he and she would have had a fun time in the kitchen and I am certain she would have liked him.

August also means Nikolai's Birthday is close too. He will be 6 years old on August 10th. His birthday party is next weekend and I look forward to celebrating him with the family. He has brought us so much joy and good memories. He will be starting first grade this week and it seems just like yesterday that he was starting to walk. Children grow up so fast and I for one am so thankful for facebook, instagram and all the pictures on my phone and those my daughter has taken as well. I love every memory with him and all my grandchildren.

Be sure and love on the ones you have with you, you never know when they will be called home.

I had my first live in-home Jewelry Bar on the 22nd. As of a couple hours ago, the party has hit $750 in sales. I am so happy for my host that receives $187 in free jewelry, 3 half price items and can buy the host exclusive for 75% off. Want to see more Origami Owl? Just visit maryannw.origamiowl.com and let me know if I can help you in any way.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Getting along with people

Not sure how many people realize this about me, but here goes anyway (will show who reads this blog and who doesn't LOL).

I do not like being the center of attention.
I am not a fan of public speaking.
I do not like being the center of attention
and I hate being sung to in a restaurant for my birthday (just ask my family- I will walk out!)

I have become a home-body of sorts in my mid-40s. Nothing wrong with this at all. Just learning it about myself and being comfy with the facts.

David and I are not married but we care for each other deeply, take care of the house together, solve problems together and face this old world as a united, committed couple.

Do we agree on everything? NOPE
He is more laid back and easy going, where I am usually key-up, upset and the one who will spazz first.

We both tend to worry about things, then we talk it out, mull it over, do what we can to fix/change it and then we each handle it in our own way.

I used to have close girl friends that I talked stuff over with on a daily basis. Sadly for me those days are gone.  I miss Tiffany so much it hurts some days when I just want to cry.

I have had a rough couple of days at work and it shows. All I wanted to do after work was curl up in a ball, cry, have a pity party and fall asleep on the couch. Well, David was playing words with friends on my phone and needed help finding a word, so I got up off the couch and helped him.

David has his own troubles going on and things he stresses about but he is a guy and keeps them inside his head most of the time. I love him so much and want to help, but these are issues I am unable to fix for him. These are things that just have to work themselves out in time.

The conclusion for my issues the past two days are as follows:
Grin and Bear It
Put on my PartyLite face and deal with it
Ignore the ones who are pretending to be the boss
Do my job the best I know how and try to improve
and lastly - Just be kind and loving everyday.

Give back to others and be a shining light my friends!
Keep the number for the shelter and the hotlines close by (put it in your phone) 1-800-799-7233.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Worry & Routine

I come from a long lineage of worriers. I often thought it was just the way my grandmother (aka Mama Mac) was because she was always worried about us girls and how we were doing.

Now that I am a Mimi to 4 boys and 1 girl, I can say  I am a bit of a worrier but I work through it and push it back most of the time.

Like Joyce Meyer says "Worry gets you no where good, it's like sitting in a rocking chair and expecting to go somewhere else by rocking the chair."

I have to stop myself and ask if I am able to fix the situation I am thinking/worrying about and remind my brain again, that I cannot fix it, say a prayer and get on to doing other things that can occupy my time/brain power.

Anything can become routine to someone, paying bills, laundry, dishes, mopping the floor, driving to work and even worrying every day.. just becomes a habit after enough time passes.

You can break the cycle by recognizing and choosing to change!

(transparent example ahead)
I have been upset with my weight gain for about 8 months now. I have tried not eating, I have cut out sweets/snacks and other things too. Have I done a thing to be more physically active? Not really, other than walking when I can. Even my complaining about my weight has become a habit.

The other day I looked into joining the Y here in town, but just cannot bring myself to spend that money.

The reason I put all thing together in a blog post is that I know I am not the only one who worries about things/situations they cannot fix. I also know that we all have habits we know we need to break and sometimes we need a friend/buddy to keep us accountable to break said habits.

Let's choose to pray and praise and worship more than we worry. Who is with me?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Getting back to work!!

As I sit here on the couch listening to the booming fireworks tonight, I am annoyed with my neighbors who can't seem to see what time it is or have any consideration for those that have to work tomorrow.

Nothing I can do about it. I won't call the police for fireworks going off, they are needed for more important things in the county/city.

This last week has been so nice!
I got a surprise lunch visit from Denise and got to spend a large part of my Saturday with my friend Stephanie.

My sleep is adjusting to day shift and for that I am so thankful.

If you are in Dickson, Mark your calendars for the 13th of July and the 29th of July to come see me at area vendor events. I have planned event only specials to clear out my inventory of PartyLite.

I want to make room for the Autumn line, so I am selling what I have. Tealights, votives, melts, a couple of jar candles and a few accessories will be available to purchase.

I finally finished the blue/aqua/green crochet project I was working on. Now I am looking to find a group to donate theses small blankets to. I love making them, but have no use for them myself. (unless I send them /give them to the grandkids).

Well, I seem to have rambled on a bit, forgive me if that is not what you wanted to read.
I am full time now and so excited for my future. David and I continue to make plans for the future and  just take care of each other.

Tell those you are with how much you appreciate them. Say thank you! Give them a hug now and then. You never know what they might be dealing with that they don't want to bother you with.

If you are in danger, get out! Call the hotline to find a place to go: 1-800-799-7233